Together Fund.

WHAT IS THE TOGETHER FUND?

Please note: The Together Fund has now closed

The Together Fund was a continuation of the Tackling Inequalities Fund that was set up in April 2020 as part of the Sport England support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Basketball England was awarded a further £192,500 of The National Lottery money to help basketball clubs, leagues, area associations and community groups in England work with the following priority groups:

  • Lower socio-economic groups (LSEG)
  • Culturally diverse communities   
  • Disabled people  
  • People with long-term health conditions (LTHC)  

It has been shown that these four groups had reduced levels of physical activity during the COVID-19 period.  

The Together Fund investment ran until March 2023 and was intended to help further the growth and recovery of basketball organisations and the basketball community, to find new ways to support people to be active.

The two main areas of funding were:  

  • To support clubs, leagues, area associations and community groups through hardship due to COVID-19 and/or the cost-of-living crisis and provide financial support to help them deliver basketball to priority groups.
  • To enable adapted delivery of basketball sessions and competitions, or new sessions for priority groups. 

our approach

A panel of BE staff considered all applications against Sport England's funding criteria. Those projects that met the criteria, were then approved for investment consideration from the fund.

Under consideration first was how applicants answered five core questions central to the funding:

  1. Will the project impact at least one of the four priority groups?
  2. Was the organisation/club affected by COVID-19 and/or the cost-of-living crisis?
  3. What issues will the funding help to resolve to improve access to sport and physical activity for the priority group?
  4. Will the investment help the club/organisation to recover and grow or continue to survive as a result of the hardship?
  5. Will the project directly fund the provision of physical activity, or if not, how will it support the delivery of physical activity in the immediate future?

If clarification was required, BE requested further details.

Once applications received panel approval, they were then sent to Sport England for final approval. Again, if Sport England needed more information the clubs/organisations were contacted by BE before a definitive decision could be made.

If applications were successful, the clubs/organisations were required to sign and return a service level agreement. Our finance team then processed the money in two payments:

  • 60% of the total funding bid was transferred upfront once approved by Sport England, the remaining 40% was transferred by the end of May 2023.

If applications were unsuccessful, BE provided feedback and signposted clubs/organisations to any other relevant funding pots and offered additional support where applicable.

WHO Was Supported?

The Together Fund was available to non-profit organisations in England, who were either:

  • an affiliated BE club
  • an affiliated BE league or area association
  • or a trusted community group/organisation

All of the above had to be already working directly with or aiming to engage with, at least one of the four priority groups.

BE received an overwhelming number of applications for the Together Fund, emphasising the need for financial support within the basketball community.

Over 70 applications were received and 98% were sent to Sport England for final approval.

In total, £192,500 was awarded to 60 organisations across England. That's on average over £3000 to clubs, leagues and community groups across the various regions of England, allowing them to engage with new participants and retain existing ones from their local community. Therefore, the Together Fund has helped:

  • over 7,000 people to be more physically active, whilst enjoying the sport of basketball
  • and over 6,000 of these people are expected fall within one of the four priority groups

The financial support contributed to a myriad of things, such as running costs, coaching and officiating courses, facility hire and equipment costs.

whEre Are We now?

The Together Fund came to an end on the 30 September 2023.

Basketball England and Sport England are building a picture of the positive effects the funding has had on basketball communities across England.

Sport England will be looking at the general impact across the sporting and physical activity landscape, whereas Basketball England will be looking at the impact the funding has had directly through basketball provision.

The impact will be assessed through:

  • online surveys
  • case studies
  • media
  • and Sport England project visits

All the methods above, will be observed for both the club/community groups and the participants who benefited from the funded projects.   

Impact on the basketball community

Stories from clubs, organisations and community groups on the impact of the Together Fund will be shared in due course, including:

  • Successes, suggestions and feedback
  • Case studies
  • Images and footage

who can I contact for support?

If you have any queries regarding the Together Fund please contact [email protected] 

 

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